Meeting them

One of my favourite stories about Park:

During the morning of 15 September Park received a visit from Churchill…

Churchill remembered Park walking up and down behind the map table, “watching with vigilant eye every move in the game…and only occasionally intervening with some decisive order, usually to reinforce a threatened area.”

Churchill now broke silence. “There appear to be many aircraft coming in”. As calmly, Park reassured him:

‘There’ll be someone there to meet them.”

Soon all his squadron were committed and Churchill heard him call Dowding to ask for three squadrons from 12 Group to be placed at his disposal in case of another attack. He noticed Park’s anxiety and and asked: “What reserves have we?”

“There are none” Park replied.

(Orange 109-110)

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